Why Michigan Asparagus?
Michigan growers produce millions of top-quality pounds of asparagus annually, ranking only behind California and Washington in production. Michigan growers are experts at producing healthy, high-quality asparagus. Michigan is also home to one of the world’s best developed asparagus research programs, due to a continued close partnership between growers and Michigan State University.
Asparagus is good for you!
Five spears of asparagus provide 400 mg of potassium, three grams of fiber, 60% of the recommended folate, plus a significant amount of thiamin and vitamin B6. This same amount of asparagus contains only 20 calories, no fat or cholesterol and only five mg of sodium.
How do I cook asparagus?
Snap off the bottom and simmer, steam, microwave or stir fry fresh asparagus for 5 -8 minutes for a tender texture. Reduce cooking time by a minute or two for a crisper result.
Do I need to peel asparagus?
Fresh Michigan asparagus does not have to be peeled but some people prefer it that way. Use a potato or vegetable peeler to peel the skin from the stalk, especially towards the base.
Can asparagus be eaten raw?
Although most people prefer asparagus cooked in some way, it is perfectly safe to eat asparagus raw. Just rinse it well to remove any grit.
How do I pick the best asparagus?
Look for firm, fresh, spears with closed, compact tips and uniform diameter, so that all spears will cook in the same amount of time.
How should asparagus be stored?
Keep fresh asparagus clean, cold and covered. Trim the stem ends about 1/4 inch and rinse in cool water, then refrigerate in a plastic bag or container. To maintain optimum freshness, wrap a moist paper towel around bottom, or stand upright in two inches of cold water.